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Skid Row and Homeless Connectivity Project

People who are homeless are, by definition, socially marginalized and resource-deprived. However, studies show that a surprisingly large share of the homeless uses the Internet on a regular basis and for a variety of purposes, including seeking new information, building or maintaining social ties, and general entertainment. It remains unclear, however, whether and how Internet engagement creates opportunities for the homeless to acquire resources, access relevant services, and activate systems of social support.
The project has two related goals…. Read More » “Skid Row and Homeless Connectivity Project”

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Connected Cities and Inclusive Growth (CCIG)

This research project seeks to map inequities in broadband infrastructure and digital skills in greater Los Angeles, and explore their socio-economic determinants and consequences. By mapping the spatial distribution of broadband access and use at the most disaggregated level available, the project seeks to offer a comprehensive diagnosis that will inform current policy initiatives and debates. Theoretically, it will shed light onto how inequalities in connectivity infrastructure both shape and reflect differences in ICT-related skills as well as other demographic factors at the local community level…. Read More » “Connected Cities and Inclusive Growth (CCIG)”

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Inequality and the Digital Labor Market

Despite a large amount of empirical evidence about discrimination in labor markets, the underlying mechanisms that result in lower earnings for women and other groups remain poorly understood. Part of the problem relates to methodological limitations for teasing out the complexities of various labor market dynamics. In particular, the inability to directly observe hiring and salary bargaining practices limits the ability to make causal inferences about the determinants of labor market outcomes. For example, to what extent are gender pay gaps driven by discrimination by employers or by differences in bargaining strategies and career preferences between men and women?… Read More » “Inequality and the Digital Labor Market”

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Financial Inclusion for Low-Income Women in Mexico

Prospera is Mexico’s largest social safety program and the world’s second largest conditional cash transfer program. It currently supports seven million low-income families through direct monetary transfers, which represent about 30 million Mexicans. In exchange for the monetary transfer, participating families are required to fulfill obligations in three areas: children’s education, health and nutrition. Currently, all program recipients receive a banking card linked to a personal account. However, due to the limited reach of the physical banking infrastructure,… Read More » “Financial Inclusion for Low-Income Women in Mexico”